Moving to a city you've never been to: Boston

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    Mar 14, 2013 5:40 PM GMT
    Alright guys so I need some advice.

    This summer I'm supposed to move to Boston for a summer internship and I'm pretty sure I will end up living there next year upon graduation. Problem is, I've never been to Boston!

    I have to find a room to sublease for the summer, but Craigslist seems very hit or miss, what if I end up moving in with weirdos?! Anyone who's done a semi-spontaneous move such as this and can give me some advice would be much appreciated. If you have any other ideas on how to find a room, let me know. I wanted to live in one of the universities since they have housing for interns, but 400-500 a WEEK sounds excessive, even for Boston. If it helps, I will be working in Boston's financial district.

    Thanks in advance!
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    Mar 14, 2013 7:18 PM GMT
    I did the same thing you did, but moved to Miami. And yes, I ended up with a weirdo. Not a knife wielding weirdo, but still a creeper. I'm in the process of moving out now. It will either be hit or miss, such is life. Even moving in with your best friend can turn out badly. Just be prepared to move out if things don't work out. You will find a good place once you get a feel of the area. Good luck!!!!!!
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    Mar 14, 2013 8:16 PM GMT
    Thanks, and yes I got a reply from one of the Craigslist ads, he put his full name so naturally I facebook stalked....... He just seemed so odd, weird, and like we would never get along.

    I like going out, being responsible with work/school yet still crazy and have fun at times. This guy looks like he came straight from Revenge of the Nerds... Not okay.
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    Mar 15, 2013 12:38 AM GMT
    You should use a broker via Craigslist. They will do all the searching for you and usually for free to a small fee.

    -Google Earth is also your friend if you can't find a way to actually visit.
    -Email your HR rep or manager and ask them if there are any other interns you could reach out to.

    Good luck.
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    Mar 15, 2013 1:34 AM GMT
    Starting now, tell everyone you know that you are moving to Boston and need to set up a living situation there. The more you talk it up, the more likely you are to find someone who knows someone who might be able to help.
  • heyom

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    Mar 15, 2013 2:57 AM GMT
    Try couchsurfing.org. I met a lot of people that way.
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    Mar 15, 2013 3:07 AM GMT
    I'm always moving to cities I've never been to.

    It's just part of my job.

    It's actually quite easy.

    There are good people everywhere. It's up to you to find them.
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    Mar 15, 2013 7:27 AM GMT
    tanbod saidAlright guys so I need some advice.

    This summer I'm supposed to move to Boston for a summer internship and I'm pretty sure I will end up living there next year upon graduation. Problem is, I've never been to Boston!

    I have to find a room to sublease for the summer, but Craigslist seems very hit or miss, what if I end up moving in with weirdos?! Anyone who's done a semi-spontaneous move such as this and can give me some advice would be much appreciated. If you have any other ideas on how to find a room, let me know. I wanted to live in one of the universities since they have housing for interns, but 400-500 a WEEK sounds excessive, even for Boston. If it helps, I will be working in Boston's financial district.

    Thanks in advance!


    If youre looking to live with other students, theres about a gajillion in boston. Fpcus on the brighton/allston area or even beacon hill or the north end. Theyre very concentrated there.... especially brighton.
  • LJay

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    Mar 15, 2013 8:11 AM GMT
    Just a couple of suggestions to ponder:

    Try to get a sense of the town. Find the address of where you will be working and then locate it on a transit map of Boston on the web. A lot of people there do not have cars and use public transit (The T) to get around. That includes shopping, recreation, work, all of it. So if you can avoid having a car, that is great, especially since Boston is major HELL for driving. Even when I worked there a long time ago and was a mile past the southern end of the T, I was able to walk the mile to the T, get on it and make connectons to the airport and fly to New York without using a car. and believe me, I was a rookie, so you can do it. If you think you can take a car, remember that having a place to park a car will probably cost more than apartment rental in most cities.

    Ask as many friends and family and work people as possible if they know of housing with access to the transit lines that go near your work. Have you asked the people you will be working for. If this is a student intern thing, ask the people who are placing you there.

    Make sure this thread is seen often on RJ.

    Boston is a really, really great place. Get on the web and read everything you can.

    RadRTT used to live there. Email him and ask for suggestions. There are also bound to be other RJers who are there now. Search for them and write to them.

    It is an expensive city, but incredibly historic, beautiful and full of interesting people. There is an air of intelligent independence that I love. If you are ther for the summer, make an effort to get out and around and meet people. Go to events. Start reading The Boston Globe now to pique your interest. You are in for a great time.
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    Mar 15, 2013 2:42 PM GMT
    jmusmc85 saidI did the same thing you did, but moved to Miami. And yes, I ended up with a weirdo. Not a knife wielding weirdo, but still a creeper. I'm in the process of moving out now. It will either be hit or miss, such is life. Even moving in with your best friend can turn out badly. Just be prepared to move out if things don't work out. You will find a good place once you get a feel of the area. Good luck!!!!!!


    south florida is one of the weirdo capitals of america. Good luck and Godspeed
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    Mar 15, 2013 2:46 PM GMT
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    jmusmc85 saidI did the same thing you did, but moved to Miami. And yes, I ended up with a weirdo. Not a knife wielding weirdo, but still a creeper. I'm in the process of moving out now. It will either be hit or miss, such is life. Even moving in with your best friend can turn out badly. Just be prepared to move out if things don't work out. You will find a good place once you get a feel of the area. Good luck!!!!!!


    south florida is one of the weirdo capitals of america. Good luck and Godspeed

    Don't be bitter just because you left paradise to move to that shithole.


    oh please icon_rolleyes.gif

    I dont even tell ppl where im from. it's borderline humiliating.
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    Mar 15, 2013 2:48 PM GMT
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    jmusmc85 saidI did the same thing you did, but moved to Miami. And yes, I ended up with a weirdo. Not a knife wielding weirdo, but still a creeper. I'm in the process of moving out now. It will either be hit or miss, such is life. Even moving in with your best friend can turn out badly. Just be prepared to move out if things don't work out. You will find a good place once you get a feel of the area. Good luck!!!!!!


    south florida is one of the weirdo capitals of america. Good luck and Godspeed

    Don't be bitter just because you left paradise to move to that shithole.


    oh please icon_rolleyes.gif

    I dont even tell ppl where im from. it's borderline humiliating.

    Oh, sweetie, surely they couldn't think any less of you...? icon_smile.gif


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    just the way I want it.
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    Mar 15, 2013 2:51 PM GMT
    If you want affordable housing in Boston look at a map and move out along mass transit networks like bus/rail/subway.

    One of my gay friends lives on Tremont St which he calls the gay ave of Boston. He pays a reasonble $600 monthly before utilities as his share of a 2-bedroom. His roomate was on a waitlist to get into the building thou. I've thought about moving near Boston in the past and Dorchester just to the south he says is popular with gays because it is cheaper and offers easy access to the city center.

    If using craigslist I would generally just avoid anyone who obviously can't spell or is specifically saying they want a certain age range and gender. Usually a sign of creepers or serial rapists.
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    Mar 15, 2013 3:17 PM GMT
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    jmusmc85 saidI did the same thing you did, but moved to Miami. And yes, I ended up with a weirdo. Not a knife wielding weirdo, but still a creeper. I'm in the process of moving out now. It will either be hit or miss, such is life. Even moving in with your best friend can turn out badly. Just be prepared to move out if things don't work out. You will find a good place once you get a feel of the area. Good luck!!!!!!


    south florida is one of the weirdo capitals of america. Good luck and Godspeed


    Bitch you are a little late. I moved here more than 6 months ago...
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    Mar 15, 2013 3:19 PM GMT
    ATC84 saidIf you want affordable housing in Boston look at a map and move out along mass transit networks like bus/rail/subway.

    One of my gay friends lives on Tremont St which he calls the gay ave of Boston. He pays a reasonble $600 monthly before utilities as his share of a 2-bedroom. His roomate was on a waitlist to get into the building thou. I've thought about moving near Boston in the past and Dorchester just to the south he says is popular with gays because it is cheaper and offers easy access to the city center.

    If using craigslist I would generally just avoid anyone who obviously can't spell or is specifically saying they want a certain age range and gender. Usually a sign of creepers or serial rapists.


    Yessss!!! Look out for poor spelling and places with no pics or very little information. Usually they are too good to be true for a reason.

    And their are a lot of creepers out there. Some people want to room with "nudists" or just plain find an escort...
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    Mar 16, 2013 1:09 AM GMT
    ATC84 saidIf you want affordable housing in Boston look at a map and move out along mass transit networks like bus/rail/subway.

    One of my gay friends lives on Tremont St which he calls the gay ave of Boston. He pays a reasonble $600 monthly before utilities as his share of a 2-bedroom. His roomate was on a waitlist to get into the building thou. I've thought about moving near Boston in the past and Dorchester just to the south he says is popular with gays because it is cheaper and offers easy access to the city center.

    If using craigslist I would generally just avoid anyone who obviously can't spell or is specifically saying they want a certain age range and gender. Usually a sign of creepers or serial rapists.


    Yeah I've heard the south part is big with gays, and $600 is amazing, so far cheapest I've found is about $700 which is fine I'd just like it to be convenient and to feel comfortable if I'm paying that much. I'm getting paid Boston money, but it's still hard to go from $500 all inclusive for a room at a nice place in florida to $700 no utilities and old apartments /: Guess that's how big cities are...
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    Mar 16, 2013 1:13 AM GMT
    And regarding the spelling and such, I've been doing that but I've also gotten some weird, religious-looking, non-gay-friendly-seeming people...
    We'll see how it goes, I'm usually pretty lucky with roommates though so we'll see, I just want some people that are also fun to hangout with and grab a beer, or workout with, but I guess I can also find friends elsewhere and my roommates don't have to encompass ALL of those qualities.
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    Mar 16, 2013 1:34 AM GMT
    LJay said

    It is an expensive city, but incredibly historic, beautiful and full of interesting people. There is an air of intelligent independence that I love. If you are ther for the summer, make an effort to get out and around and meet people. Go to events. Start reading The Boston Globe now to pique your interest. You are in for a great time.



    This.

    Summer is amazing in Boston. There's so much to do, you will barely be in your apartment.

    Allston for relatively inexpensive but T-accessible housing
    Fenway is more expensive but more central
    Cambridge for a little more crunchy granola and intellectual types
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    Mar 16, 2013 1:45 AM GMT
    If you do go exploring in Boston in person, take a GPS. Not sure if the situation has improved, but they used to just label the streets at opposite ends, meaning that if you were in the middle of two-mile long street, good luck!

    What makes it even more fun is that the older streets of Boston actually follow cow paths from colonial days. Cows do not follow the rules!
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    Mar 16, 2013 3:52 AM GMT
    Hey, just moved from Boston. I lived kinda all over there in 8 years. I was lucky as I had roommates I knew prior. However, your best bet is Craiglist or go to the University you are interning with and see if they have a chat room or forum where students can connect and see if anyone on there might want to room or have a room available.

    Also Boston is a very expensive place to live. I paid $2200 for my first apartment which was 2 bed rooms and that was CHEAP. I would recommend living in Mission Hill, Jamaica Plains, or Coolage Corner.

    You will love Boston, it is a great city with a ton of stuff to do, very gay friendly, and is a walking city. You can walk from one end of the city to the other in 3-4 hours.
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    Mar 16, 2013 4:14 AM GMT
    tanbod saidAlright guys so I need some advice.

    This summer I'm supposed to move to Boston for a summer internship and I'm pretty sure I will end up living there next year upon graduation. Problem is, I've never been to Boston!

    I have to find a room to sublease for the summer, but Craigslist seems very hit or miss, what if I end up moving in with weirdos?! Anyone who's done a semi-spontaneous move such as this and can give me some advice would be much appreciated. If you have any other ideas on how to find a room, let me know. I wanted to live in one of the universities since they have housing for interns, but 400-500 a WEEK sounds excessive, even for Boston. If it helps, I will be working in Boston's financial district.

    Thanks in advance!


    Boston rent is absurd( if you are a tenant, absurdly awesome if ur a landlord), but if you look in student areas there will be a bunch of sublets available may- sept. Look in Mission Hill, Allston/ Brighton, Cleveland Circle, Cambridge(port), Somerville (Davis, Porter, or Inman Squares ). I would exercise caution In Regards to Dorchester, most neighborhoods you want to avoid, the few that others have pointed out that are ok are Adams Village/ Savin Hill.

    Best of Luck. I've been in the industry for a while so let me known via IM if you have questions.
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    Mar 16, 2013 1:09 PM GMT
    I'll definitely look into all of the above mentioned places, thanks guys! Really helpful.
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    Mar 16, 2013 2:09 PM GMT
    Too bad you aren't already here, 'cause tomorrow is St Patrick's Day. Good times!
    Allston may be Student Central but it's also one of the most noisy and rundown parts of town. Street crime gets crazy after the bars let out. The apartments are overpriced and mostly shabby/sketchy. It's a fun place to hang but only if you bail by no later than about midnight. Same story for Mission Hill.
    IMHO the South End is too attitude-infested to be bearable for any extended period of time. You definitely wouldn't score kind rent there. Franklin Cafe and Mike's Diner are cool places to eat. Other than that the bars and restaurants are mostly trying more to be spots to be seen in than spots to unwind and have fun in. Boston Eagle is the last laid-back gay bar in that neighborhood. That, Fritz, and the Club Cafe (aka Snub Cafe) are the only "segregated" watering holes in the South End. With its being the reigning gayborhood and most of the non-gay population being "tolerant" yuppies, you don't have to be on guard anywhere. But since that's true of most of the entire area nowadays that's not the selling point it once was.
    My hunch is that you would enjoy the western section of South Boston (NEVER to be confused with the South End.) It's right at the expressway and a subway and almost immediately adjacent to downtown. Tons of old factories and warehouses have been converted to lofts and other types of apartments. A few of the old neighborhood fixtures like Amrhein's restaurant are still there, but a lot of new hangouts have opened too. You'd also be within easy distance of miles of beaches which are remarkably clean and inviting for being in an urban area. The adjacent sections of Dorchester are quieter and a bit less expensive. One of my favorite breakfast eateries, McKenna's, is almost on top of the Savin Hill subway stop and the "gay-friendly" (if not exclusively gay) D-bar is nearby.
    For a low-cost option convenient to downtown there's East Boston, from which the Blue Line subway can deliver you to work in "no time flat." Eastie has a more recent reputation for being sketchy - scads of recent US immigrants, rising crime - but parts like Jeffries Point with their excellent harbor views have actually improved a lot. And Santarpio's pizza is so good that my next door neighbors served pies from them when they had people over the other night. (In a city with literally hundreds of pizzerias that's saying something.)

    Finding roommates? Been there, done that, got stories. Since you'll only be here briefly and probably won't be home a lot I don't think you've much to worry about.